Nursery Home Learning Spring Term

Welcome back to Spring 2! We will be posting some ideas for activities to do together at home to help keep you busy, we hope they are helpful. Please feel free to upload photos to Class Dojo for us to see what you have been up to.
Take care, stay safe and we hope to see you all very soon!
Best wishes,
Mrs Drysdale, Mrs Tremaine and Mrs Jones.

FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD! Home learning activities
This half term we are turning our attentions to all things food! We hope that we will all be together again soon but until then, here are some activities to keep you busy at home!
Spring Hunt!
After the weekend of beautiful warm weather and with more forecast for this week, why not go for a spring hunt during your daily exercise. Look out for the items on the document below. Good luck!
Guess the taste!
Here is a fun game. Choose some different foods from your cupboards at home. Taking it in turns to wear a blind fold, can you guess the food from it's taste? What is it like? Crunchy, soft, wet or dry? Sweet or sour? Fruit and vegetable are a great idea to use for this game!

My favourite food.
Can you draw a picture of your favourite food? You can use this plate template or draw around a plate to create your own.
What other foods do you like?
Supermarket Role Play
Set up a mini supermarket at home using different foods from the cupboards, you could even use a cardboard box as a till. Take turns to be the customer and checkout worker. Can you write a shopping list of the things you need to buy?

Cooking together!
Here are some simple recipe ideas for cooking together at home. Get stuck in together, talking about what you are doing to prepare the food. Weighing ingredients, mixing, kneading are all great fun! Dont forget to wash your hands and take care with hot and sharp objects, and don't forget to get your child involved in washing up afterwards!

Spot the Fairy Tale
Have a look at the poster, how many traditional tales can you spot? Talk about what happens in the stories you know and which are your favourite.
Unicorn Colouring
Unicorns are one of our favourite mythical creatures, here are some colouring pages to complete. Try using different mediums like crayons, pens, pencils or paint!
The Three Little Pigs!
Our Talk4Writing text this half term in The Three Little Pigs. Click here to watch the story. Have you heard it before? Who are the characters in the story?

The RSPB Garden Bird Watch!
Every year at nursery we participate in the RSPB garden bird watch. We look closely at the different kids of bird we have spotted in the nursery garden and have a go a recording them on our clip boards. Below is a bird recognition and record sheet, have a look in your garden or on a local walk and see how many you can spot! 
The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend - Earnshaws

Comparing Sticks!
Remember that little pig who built his house out of sticks? Shall we try and help him? Hunt in your garden or on a local walk for different sized sticks. Can you order them by size? Can you group them by colour? Are they thick or thin? What shapes can you make out of your stick collections? A triangle? A square? 
Outdoor Maths Activities EYFS – Outdoor Maths Ideas – Play of the Wild

Recommended websites for 0-5 year olds.
Technology can be a great source of fun and learning for children. The government have put together a list of recommended and approved websites for under 5's. Take a look here!

This is our "go to" recipe for playdoh at nursery, it doesn't require expensive cream of tartar and bottled lemon juice is just as good. It lasts well and the possibilities with playdoh are endless!

1 cup of flour
1/4 cup of salt
3/4 cup of water
3 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
Food coloring
Any seasonings or scents you would like (try peppermint, herbs, vanilla, cocoa powder...)
Making the Play Dough:
1. Add the water, oil and lemon juice to a medium non-stick pot and heat on medium heat on the stove (maybe even slightly lower heat depending on your stove).

Add food colouring or liquid scents of your choice.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt and any dry seasonings you are using.

3. After the water is hot, but not boiling, slowly add the dry ingredients to the pot and while mixing to combine. I use a wooden or plastic cooking spoon.
4. Continuously stir until the ingredients combine, dry out and begin to form a ball. If there are parts that seem a bit sticky still, just flatten the dough out and put the sticky side down on the bottom of the pot very briefly. Flip back and forth frequently until it doesn’t seem sticky anymore. However, don’t cook it too long. It is better to be a bit undercooked as it will firm up as it cools down.
5. Place on a sheet of wax paper until it cools down a bit. Then knead the dough for a minute or two to bring it all together.
This all happens quite quickly. I can make a batch of play dough in less than 5 minutes!


Super easy play dough recipe that smells amazing and is so soft!

Frost investigation!
In nursery, when the weather turns cold we enjoy wrapping up and investigating the changes in the garden. Look and listen to the frosty grass, what does it look like? what does it sound like?
If you have some bubble mixture handy, try blowing bubbles onto the frost ground as watch the magic as the bubbles freeze and turn to ice - your very own Elsa magic!!
bubbles, Soap, Frost, Winter, Frozen bubble, Macro, Ice HD Wallpapers /  Desktop and Mobile Images & Photos

Cosmic Yoga!
At nursery we love to take part in yoga, especially when it is combined with a story! Check out Cosmic Yoga on Youtube for some great family friendly workouts! 

Building a house
Just, like the three little pigs, try building a house out of items you can find at home such as lego, blocks, empty boxes etc. I wonder if the wolf could huff and puff and blow your house down?!
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Free e-book library from Oxford Owl!
Oxford Owl are offering free access to our nursery class families to a range of story books to enjoy together. Visit the website and use our class log-in to share some new stories together!
Username: mabenursery
Password: choughs
Smith's Wood Primary Academy - E-Books from Oxford Owl

Singing together!
Singing a range of familiar songs is a key part of your child’s learning. Visit: BBC School Radio
and sing along with some of the rhymes and songs together!

The Gingerbread Man
One of our favourite stories in nursery! Listen and see if you can join in with the repeated verse "Run, run, as fast as you can...!"
Which characters did you spot in the story? Which is your favourite?
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Lets Bake!
Why not have a go at baking some gingerbread together? There is an easy recipe below. Yummy!

Junk modelling castle
Can you make a fairy tale castle out of recycling you have at home? Who might live there? What adventures might they have?
Another kind of castle | Junk modelling, Toilet roll craft, Home learning
Role play supermarket
Set up a role play supermarket with different food containers for the cupboards. Take turns to be the customer and work on the checkout. You could even use a cardboard box as a till! Can you write a list of things you want to buy at the supermarket?

Natural magic wands.
Can you find an interesting stick out in the garden or on your daily exercise walk? Use coloured wool and ribbons to turn it into a magic wand. Can you cast a spell?